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Dear Members,

Happy New Year! Women in Aerospace is already off to a running start this year, and we hope you are also. We have a lot to catch up on, so I’ll jump right into what’s been keeping us busy the past couple of months!

Last month, we welcomed six of our esteemed colleagues to the Women in Aerospace board of directors. Our new board members are:

  • Christophe Bauer, VP of Business Development: Electron Technologies, Inc at L-3 Communications
  • Bridget L. Chatman, Senior Director of Capture Management and Strategy at SAIC
  • Greta Lundeberg, VP of Strategy & Advocacy for Government Operations at The Boeing Company
  • Cathy Pennington, Portfolio Director for National Geospatial Intelligence Programs at The MITRE Corporation
  • G. Scott Yeakel, General Manager at the Aerospace Corporation
  • Ann Zulkosky, Director Of NASA Programs (Washington Operations) at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company

Please join me in greeting our new directors to their 2017-2019 term, we are very grateful for their time and hard work!

Amy Hopkins at the Hidden Figures screening

December was a very exciting month for Women in Aerospace, not only for our organization but for our entire industry. The new feature film Hidden Figures was released in theatres all over the United States on January 6th, 2017, and WIA had the unique opportunity to participate in a panel discussion of the book behind the film (hosted by NASA) on December 14, 2016 at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, DC. The book focuses on the perseverance of three African American women (also known in the story as "NASA’s human computers"): Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughn and their mathematical achievements. Their efforts helped to formulate the flight trajectories that allowed astronaut, John Glenn, to be the first American to make a complete orbit of Earth. The distinguished panel included:

  • NASA Deputy Administrator Dr. Dava Newman
  • NASA Chief Scientist Dr. Ellen Stofan (moderator)
  • Dr. Knatokie Ford, senior policy advisor, White House Office of Science and
  • Technology Policy
  • Mimi Valdes, executive producer of the movie, Hidden Figures
  • Margot Lee Shetterly, author of Hidden Figures
  • NASA’s Modern Figure, Dr. Christyl Johnson, Deputy Director for Technology and Research Investments at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

WIA’s board member Amy Hopkins (Senior Director, Aerospace Sector, Research & Development, at Northrop Grumman) offered her closing remarks on behalf of the entire Women in Aerospace organization.

Hidden Figures film screening

After the book event, a special film screening was held at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, followed by a reception co-hosted by WIA and our generous event sponsors Northrop Grumman, Harris Corporation, Raytheon and Lockheed Martin.

Hidden Figures film screening

WIA is incredibly grateful to NASA for connecting us to the event, since the story behind Hidden Figures is truly representative of what WIA values as an association - increasing leadership capabilities and visibility of women in the aerospace community. Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan were pioneers in their day and truly an inspiration to women and men everywhere.

Hidden Figures film screening

On January 12, WIA members gathered at Clyde’s Gallery Place for a networking happy hour followed by a screening of Hidden Figures. With well over 70 members and peers in attendance, we are grateful for such a fantastic turnout and can’t wait to celebrate our other upcoming events with you!

With that, I will end this month’s Chair’s Corner with our 2017 planned events and dates so you can mark your calendars now:

June 1, 2017
WIA Conference Session:
Entrepreneurship: Revolutionizing National Security Operations
This session will explore our changing national security operations and
assess the implications for the advancement of U.S. National Security.
Location and Time
Residence Inn Marriott, Arlington Pentagon City
550 Army Navy Dr. Arlington, VA 22202
1:30 pm—5:30 pm

September 22, 2017
WIA Conference Session:
What Space Launch Enables: Markets Shaping the Launch Business
This session will discuss the growing competitiveness of space launch and
expectations of future growth.
Location and Time
Residence Inn Marriott, Arlington Pentagon City
550 Army Navy Dr. Arlington, VA 22202
8:30 am—12:30 pm

October 19, 2017
32nd Annual Awards Dinner & Ceremony
Location and Time
Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City
1250 S Hayes St. Arlington, VA 22202
6:00 pm—9:30 pm

Stay connected with us on Twitter and Facebook for more updates and news from around our aerospace community!

WIA has an exciting year planned for our valued members and I look forward to sharing it with you.

Best regards,

Shelli Brunswick
Shelli Brunswick
Women in Aerospace